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Sturgeon Reappears after Century Absence

Published onsdag 15 april 2009 kl 09.51

A fisherman trawling off the Swedish island of Öland netted a sturgeon from a species which was believed to have disappeared from the Baltic Sea a century ago.

The fisherman was at first stumped when he found the two-and-a-half-foot fish in his nets last week. But after consulting the the Internet and a few books he realised it was a sturgeon.

The fish was thought to have been extinct in the Baltic since the beginning of the 20th century, because of overfishing. But according to fish expert Mikael Svensson of the Swedish Species Information Centre, efforts have in recent years been made in Poland to breed sturgeon, and the specimen may have come from there.

Excited over his catch, the Swedish fisherman is now keeping his sturgeon alive in a ton of water. (ah)

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